I was planning on purchasing 2012 leaf. My main question is the life of the motor. As with all electrical motors they wear out. Any shelf life on this type of motor? 2 nd question how much are the battery cells to replace? the more I look at the engineering aspect of it I am lead to be leave that its a disposable car after 10 years of run time. Please any input would be appreciated.
Since the only moving parts on the motor are the bearings, I would say that it will outlast your grandchildren. Nissan uses a three-phase AC synchronous motor
instead of a typical DC motor
that has brushes that wear out if not maintained (but are usually easily replaceable).
Officially, Nissan does not have a replacement price for the battery pack, however it will not be "broken" after 10 years. Over time, the total capacity of the battery pack will decrease, how much is up for debate, but it isn't like on day 3,650 all of the sudden you can't go anywhere anymore, it's possible that after 10 years the battery pack will have an 80 mile range instead of 100 miles brand new.